Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus
Fall bike commuting offers the chance to enjoy cooler temperatures, view the changing colors of the leaves, and reinvigorate our spirits with the freedom riding a bike inspires. Bike riding isn’t just for recreational fun, it also contributes to good health and positive work/ life balance. A Rodale Press survey found that Americans want to have the opportunity to bike to work instead of driving, with 40 percent of those surveyed saying they would commute by bike if safe facilities were available. However, for many, fall bike commuting raises questions.
- Do I need special bike components?
- Do I have the right clothing?
- Do my bicycle parts need extra attention?
Fear not! Here’s a guide to get you pedaling through the colored leaves.
- A good route. Learn how to pick a route you like. Google maps for cycling is a good option.
- Lights. A set of small, modern LED lights is sufficient.
- A good helmet. What do you call a cyclist who doesn’t wear a helmet? An organ donor ~David Perry. Wear a bike helmet.
- A repair kit. It’s good to carry a small multi-tool, a patch kit, a small pump, and a spare tube for those inevitable roadside repairs.
- A lock. Invest in a quality lock and use it wisely
- A way to carry things. This could be as simple as a messenger bag or as elaborate as a set of touring panniers.
- Be visible. Think Bright colors and reflective materials on your person and on your bike.
- Motivation. Stay motivated and keep after it! The more you do it, the more you love it!
Why is all this important? Because having access to resources, tips, and a supportive environment makes it easier to enjoy all the benefits cycling has to offer.